Emma Raducanu shares first Miami Open practice session
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Emma Raducanu has already started practising at the Miami Open following her impressive run in Indian Wells. The British No 1 earned back-to-back top 20 wins as she reached the last 16 in Indian Wells for the first time and is now hoping to back it up with a strong showing in Miami. Raducanu has never won a match at the second WTA 1000 event of the year and will be bidding to change that next week.
Raducanu is coming off the back of an admirable showing in Indian Wells, where she started the tournament doubting whether she’d even compete and ended it in the round-of-16. The world No 77 was only defeated by top seed Iga Swiatek and pulled off two upsets against top 20 seeds en route to her best showing in the desert.
The 20-year-old admitted she didn’t know whether she would play at the start of the tournament as she struggled with a wrist issue and was still recovering from tonsillitis. But she bounced back to win three successive for the first time since September – taking out 20th seed Magda Linette and world No 13 Beatriz Haddad Maia en route.
And Raducanu is already looking ahead to the next tournament as she has arrived in Miami and started practising, sharing some snaps of herself training inside the Hard Rock Stadium. As well as practising her tennis, the Brit can also be seen holding a medicine ball as part of her regime.
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It comes after Raducanu admitted that she was going to rest up before deciding her plans following her Indian Wells exit. The former world No 10 was asked whether she’d go straight to Miami after losing to Swiatek or whether she’d wait to travel and responded: “Don’t know.
“I mean, I came off court like 30 minutes ago, so I haven’t really thought about my plans. Yeah, just treat, recover, and yeah, take the next steps tomorrow probably.” But Raducanu is now getting some good practice in after her preparations for Indian Wells were derailed by the wrist issue.
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Two days before her first-round match against Danka Kovinic, Raducanu cancelled her practice session and pulled out of an exhibition Tie Break Tens match. She then had a hesitant hit the day before her opening match and had been seen with strapping on both wrists but managed to pull off her best showing in Indian Wells, having previously only gotten to the third round.
“I think it’s been a good 10 days. Yeah, I haven’t trained particularly much before the tournament,” she said after losing in the last-16. Now in Miami, the top-ranked Brit will learn her fate in the coming days when the draw is made – but she has already proven that she can rise to the challenge of facing a top seed.
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